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Grateful Dead Live at Shrine Exhibition Hall on 1968-12-21


Topics Live concert


Turn on Your Lovelight Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > It Hurts Me Too, Alligator > Drums > Alligator > Caution > Feedback > And We Bid You Goodnight


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Shrine Exhibition Hall
Location Los Angeles, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD cassette master > cassette > DAT/0 > CDR/0 > CDR/1 > iMac > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Jeff Tiedrich

Notes

SBD cassette master > cassette > DAT/0 > CDR/0 > CDR/1 > iMac > SHN; DAT > CDR conversion via HHb 850; editing, normalization and 5% pitch correction by Jeff Tiedrich via Sound Studio for Macintosh; workup> SHN by Jeff Tiedrich; via G.S. Hamilton to BUDD offer; passes shntool check

D2t02-t03: cut/splice between Drums and Alligator
D2t06 (AWBYGN): end cut off

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - December 21, 2014
Subject: -
A not bad show.
Reviewer: LeCoach - - January 1, 2013
Subject: Good old days!
I remember this night quite well actually. It was the Dead's first appearance at the Shrine Exposition Hall after their landmark "Two from the Vault" shows back in August and they were ready to rock! I think this was the night I saw Pigpen out in the crowd after the Dead's set. It wasn't all that unusual back then to see musicians in the hall watching the other bands. Pigpen, however, wasn't there to listen to music. No, he was looking for female companionship for the rest of the night...and he wasn't all that particular! Anyway, the Dead always played beautifully at the Shrine and they still dressed up for their shows then. I remember Phil dressed all in black as a preacher with the big wide brimmed hat. They played mostly stuff from Anthem of the Sun which I still think is their best album. So perfect for the time. Country Joe and the Fish also played but they were clearly gone to seed by then and had to borrow Mark Andes from Spirit to play bass. Too bad really, they were awesome in their prime.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - November 3, 2010
Subject: Jim F
i think you're totally right about there being an Eleven in there after drums, but with the cut we may never know for sure.

if it is indeed an Alligator>drums>The Eleven>Alligator then the only other known time the band did this segue was during the fantastic 4/23/69 Eleven>Gator jam. this one is great in its own right, following the very fast paced and intense style the band would carry over into early '69, one of my favorite periods of GD music.

4 stars for very hissy and somewhat degraded sound - but '68 aficionados such as myself should not pass this up!
Reviewer: Larree - - December 21, 2007
Subject: A gem of a show!
I don't care about the actual "sound" quality. I have heard audience tapes recorded on sony superscopes that totally do it for me. Unless, of course, the tape recorder was accidently left in some hippy chick's hemp handbag for the first half of the first set, or until someone asked her for the pipe out of her bag, but anyway... it is all about the music. And this show cooks.
Reviewer: skwimite - - June 17, 2005
Subject: hiss, no problem
Does one compare a SBD with low levels and hiss to one with perfect everything, or to one that's even worse? I don't know. In the context of 1968, I find this perfectly acceptable quality and the playing is full of fire. Check out the Caution in particular. Some people dismiss Feedback, but not me. I'm always amazed at the subtlety and harmony involved in these pieces. And even Pigpen chimes in on AWBYG. If you like '68, and don't mind a little hiss, get this one. 4 stars.
Reviewer: spleenboy - - February 14, 2005
Subject: low sound level but...
worth the listen. agreed, while far from stellar quality-wise (low levels, hissy), the band was stellar; your typical 1968 complete freak out set. This is another one of those "gap" shows (between well-known shows) that I had been searching for for a long time,ya know, a live 68 Cryptical from some little theater/gym, where little surprises abound and where every second is sacred.
Reviewer: Jim F - - November 10, 2004
Subject: Alligator.
I personally feel that the music that cuts in at alligator sounds like the ending jam from The Eleven that they were doing then. They may have actually done the eleven before jumping in to alligator. It is certainly possible. Just my opinion, but listen and you may feel the same. I give this one a 4, since the Alligator>Caution is hot, but sound is a little poor.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - November 10, 2004
Subject: quiet recording
quiet.....levels are low......quality is not bad...kinda hissy......band is kickin ass.....hmmm
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